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Mary Katrantzou/UK with one of her prize-winning designs
THE 2010 SWISS TEXTILES AWARD The Swiss Textile Association has promoted designers’ careers since 2000. The winners so far include two Swiss designers as well as one from France, four from Belgium, one from the UK and two from the USA. In 2010 Mary Katrantzou from Greece was the lucky winner presented with the € 100,000 associated with the award. The 11th Swiss Textiles Award was presented in Zurich on 4th November 2010. The other finalists were
Adam Kimmel/USA, Damir Doma/Croatia, Duro Olowu/ UK, Jason Wu/USA and Juun.J/Korea. The award winner’s own “jewellery line” won the judges’ favour. Mary Katrantzou (born in 1983) attended the Rhode Island School of Design in the USA and graduated with a BA and MA degree from Central Saint Martins College in London. Currently she lives in London (http:// www.marykatrantzou.com).
INEZ ZÜST ET AL. Four former fellow students, all residents of Zurich – Inez Züst, Katharina Della Chiesa, Verena Volontè Baer and Kurt Weibel, the first of two them textile artists – exhibit at “Kulturschiene”, Herrliberg-Feldmeilen (General Wille-Straße, CH-8704), from 10th to 20th March 2011. Verena and Kurt present gouaches and other work. During the course of their professional careers, all four artists have sharpened their eyes for specific properties of materials as well as compositions, combinations and colour harmonies.
‘ASIA – EUROPE.FIBER ART’ Subtitled “Zeitgenössische Textilkunst im Dialog (A Dialogue in Contemporary Textile Art)”, this exhibition held at Deutsche Textilmuseum, Krefeld (Andreasmarkt 8, D-47809) from 6th February to 25th April 2011 features work by 21 artists from two continents and seven countries – Japan, South Korea, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy and Hungary. The pieces were previously exhibited during the 2009 Biennial of Kaunas, Lithuania, and brought to Krefeld by Erny Piret and Kakuko Ishii.
Inez Züst-Gehricke/CH: "13 Recycling Days", 2005, 260 x 9 cm Photo: König + König
Anka Kröhnke/D: "Evening" 2007, 90 x 90 cm
ANKA KRÖHNKE: TAPESTRIES & OBJECTS The Rösler-Kröhnke residence and studio, located in Kühlungsborn on the Baltic Sea, is the venue of a major exhibition to mark this artist’s 70th birthday. Until 15 March 2011 the show is offering insights into her extensive oeuvre (http://www.museumatelierhaus-roesler-kroehnke.de).
JOSEPHINE TABBERT AT THE 2011 INTL. FAIR OF CRAFT TRADES Held in Munich (16.-22. March 2011), the fair offers a number of interesting special shows: 1) “Masters of Modernity” – Work by craft masters of intl. renown, incl. paper artist Josephine Tabbert from Starnberg 2) “Exempla” – Workshops of the future, with an emphasis on craft trades & design 3) “Talents” – Competition results of young craftspeople working in design and technology (http://www.ihm.de)
‘THREE KINDS’ “Dreierlei” is the title of an exhibition featuring work by weavers involved in ‚Textil 13‘ – members of the Lake Zurich regional group of IGW (The Weavers Association of Switzerland). It will take place at the local museum of Meilen (Kirchgasse 1, CH-8706) from 13th to 29th May 2011. – Contact: Irene Brühwiler, tel: +44-56/6313 936
BOSNA QUILTS From 1st June 2011 (opening), pieces by the Bosna Quilt workshop of Gorazde on the Drina will be presented in the water tower of Dassau (Hofgartenweg, D-85221). It all began when painter and textile artist Lucia Feinig-Giesinger started a co-operative project with Bosnian refugee women staying in a camp in Vorarlberg, Austria. Since 1998, 12 women have been assembling designs by the Austrian textile artist in Bosnia. For further information contact Luzia Buchinger, email: email@example.com
Above: Regula Gysin/CH, clothing collection Below: Lotti Gygax/CH, woven samples Inge Flierl: "Wegkreuzung", 1978, 130 x 90 cm, tapestry
G. Fuchs-Gerhart: Wall hanging
GERTRAUT FUCHS-GERHART From 15th May to late August 2011, this artist will exhibit her work in a show entitled „Brocado Abierto: Textile Arbeiten (Brocado Abierto: Textile Pieces)“ at the Max Berk Textile Museum, Heidelberg-Ziegelhausen (Brahmsstr. 8, D-69118).
Gertraut Fuchs-Gerhart lives and works in Munich and on Lake Walchen. She has maintained an unbroken aff inity with Mexico, especially the Chinantec culture of the southern part of Oaxaca, despite the geographical distance. Born in Fulda, the artist received her education in graphic design and textile design at Offenbach School of Applied Arts in the Fifties, working as an illustrator of children’s books and a textile designer for many years. In 2000 she was invited on a study visit to Oaxaca, where she encountered the indigenous women’s weaving and embroidery, which is deeply rooted in the country’s traditions. Gertraut Fuchs-Gerhart was particularly impressed by the spiritual character of this folk art, which constitutes a bridge between this world and the hereafter, while the motifs are also specific to individual families. The artist incorporates these abstract, clearly organised and highly colourful weavings into her work, achieving a sensitive and respectful connection between two different cultures without resorting to any kind of imitation. Her large-format wall hangings exude a great meditative calm, reminiscent of the abstract appearance of Amish quilts or Mark Rothko’s meditative abstract paintings.
The exhibition will be complemented by photos, weaving tools and other everyday objects used by the Chinantecs. Professor Dieter Kronzucker, the journalist and expert on Latin America, will give a speech at the opening on 15th May. (www.heidelberg.de/museum)
Inge Flierl in her studio
INGE FLIERL: MONOGRAPHIC SHOW Exhibition from 19th February to 8th May 2011 at Kunstgalerie Flierl, Friesickestr. 17, D-13086 Berlin.
Textile artist Inge Flierl marks her 85th birthday by presenting a comprehensive monographic show of her tapestries. Her work, produced on her loom continuously from the 1950s to date, constitutes a cosmos of colour, form and symbols all its own.
Almost all her tapestries share a clearly constructed layout, the basis for the calm they exude. Inge Flierl thinks of her work as part of architectures, of “living spaces”, intending to provide accents of colour and form. To ensure that the results are in line with her finely developed sense of colour, Inge Flierl handdyes her own wool to create a specific range of colours for each piece, achieving a rich play of colours by combining them during the weaving process.
Inge Flierl completed a course in Art Education and a postgraduate course in Applied Art under Hans Orlowski at Berlin University of the Art, which made her realise that the art of weaving tapestries suited her best. She has drawn her inspiration from exhibitions of modern French textile artists, including Jean Lurçat, whose work was on show in post-war Berlin, representing the wide range of possibilities offered by modern interpretations of this art form.
A richly illustrated catalogue has been published for the exhibition, including a directory of Inge Flierl’s pieces. (Inge Flierl – Tapisserien, Berlin 2010; 244 pp. And more than 420 illustrations, most of them in colour. For further information visit http://www.inge-flierl.de) Sabine Gödeke (text abridged by our editorial department)
"Kampfhähne", 1991, 195 x 160 cm, tapestry
"Licht und Schatten", 2002, 205 x 190 cm, tapestry
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